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from the Introduction:
Nursing has seen a remarkable uptake of social justice discourses, a trend foundational to meeting our social mandate as a profession. The ever increasing focus on social justice in nursing discourses over the past 10 years mirrors the acceleration of social justice discourses across a variety of academic disciplines, practice fields, and policy initiatives. In Canada, the United States, and internationally, health policy statements and position papers increasingly draw on social justice in describing various public initiatives and health system interventions, for example, in relation to global health, HIV/AIDS, maternal child health, Indigenous peoples’ health, and mental health. With the discourses on social justice so commonplace, we ask, is our work in promoting social justice as a concept for nursing accomplished? The pervasiveness and persistence of social gradients that results in inequities in health and health care would suggest that the ideal of social justice is far from being realized.